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Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly is finally airing on NBC, and Kelly is bringing on a controversial media figure to help boost the show. On June 18th, she will interview InfoWars radio show host Alex Jones. And many NBC viewers are furious with Kelly’s decision, arguing that the interview will give legitimacy to Jones’ beliefs.
Jones is a conspiracy theorist known for stoking a wide range of claims, targeting everything from GMOs to President Obama. Previously, he’s argued that 9/11 was an “inside job,” he’s claimed that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was faked, and he believes the government has been working on a gay bomb. Concerned NBC viewers are worried that, by giving Jones a position to talk about these beliefs, he may spread his following and cause further pain to the families that lost loved ones during 9/11 and Sandy Hook.
Hi @megynkelly,— andy lassner (@andylassner) June 12, 2017
Will you be interviewing the parents of the kids murdered at Sandy Hook or just Alex Jones who called their deaths a hoax?
Liberalism in the USA looks like NBC handing conservative reactionary Megyn Kelly a platform so she can "interview" people like Alex Jones.— The Slaves Singing (@williamcson) June 12, 2017
Megyn Kelly to use platform at NBC to be megaphone for Alex Jones.— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) June 12, 2017
Sandy Hook Truther, Alex Jones.
Don't give scumbag Alex Jones TV time on NBC. Are you only going to interview monsters, Megyn?— Terry J. Richard (@trichardpdx) June 12, 2017
Kelly responded to some of the backlash by suggesting that her role as a journalist is to “shine a light” on some of Jones’ beliefs. But others still feel her actions are reckless, giving credibility to a far-right conspiracy theorist.
Many pointed out that the interview would land on Father’s Day, sending a harrowing message to the families that lost their loved ones during the Sandy Hook shooting.
This is airing on Father's Day. Imagine losing your child in a shooting while the man who denies it happened gets an interview. #ShameOnNBC— Danielle Vabner (@daniellelvabner) June 12, 2017
Danielle Vabner lost her younger brother during the Sandy Hook shooting, and previously wrote about her dedication to gun violence prevention for the Daily Dot.
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.